Aug 22, 2013 9:00pm PDT
technologies. >> smith: manning was assigned to battalion headquarters. he did intelligence work for the unit's commanding officers in preparation for their deployment to iraq. manning liked his assignment. >> he talked about the fact that he was smart. it was able to get him in a different position, doing something different so he wasn't down there with the guys that he called the "grunts." he didn't tell me any specifics, but he did mention that he was consulted by those who were much higher ranked than he was, and it was a source of pride for him. >> smith: but while he was proud to be entrusted with state secrets, he chose not to keep his private life secret. on facebook, he joined groups like repeal don't ask don't tell, and "liked" gay marriage. it worried his father. >> i did see some comments that i thought were pretty incriminating as far as don't ask, don't tell. you know, he was kind of asking for trouble. >> smith: brian manning is a former navy intelligence analyst. >> i thought that was pretty risky-- "hey, you know, aren't you going against the policy that's in place where you'